Movie Review: Some Kind of Hate (2015)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the supernatural slasher film starring Spencer Breslin and Sierra McCormick.

Synopsis: A teenager strikes out at the bully that has tormented him for years and is punished by being sent to a reform school located in the middle of the desert. After once again being bullied by some of the other teens attending the school, he accidentally summons up the spirit of a bullied girl who decides to help him by killing those who had hurt him. When he objects, she begins attacking his friends.

Review

Both kids were in bed early last night and, as a result of that, my wife and I had time to watch a movie together. We were both in the mood for a slasher flick and, even though we had never heard of this film before (and it wasn't highly rated on Netflix), I decided to give this one a try. While it wasn't horrible, it, unfortunately, wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be.

I'll start out by saying the movie had some things I did like about it. For one, I loved the homicidal ghost, Moira (McCormick). I've seen plenty of other films in this genre that use some sort of supernatural being. But, this was the first time I saw one that harmed others by harming herself. It was actually kind of creepy, especially since her powers worked both ways and her victims couldn't mount any sort of defense without injuring themselves further.

I also liked the main character, Lincoln (Rubinstein). Ever since the anti-bullying movement became the rage in movies like this, I've grown used to seeing the bullied victims turn violent and was expecting that to be the case with him. However, even though he does lash out at times, he also managed to stick to the high road, even when it didn't seem like it was the right choice. This, in turn, essentially made him one of Moira's victims too since he never intended to summon her yet she insists on "helping" him.

The fact the filmmakers managed to produce a slasher film that didn't have a ton of gratuitous nudity or excessive (fake-looking) gore was also something I appreciated. I'm not necessarily opposed to that when it comes to this particular genre. However, I've seen way too many films that spent more time on those things than developing an actual plot.

My biggest complaint about this movie is it is kind of dull for a slasher film. It seems like an eternity before anything actually happens in the film, to the point my wife and I were starting to wonder if maybe the movie was classified wrong and was, instead, a drama about bullies and bullied kids. And, even when Moira is finally introduced, there still seems to be a bit too much of a lull between her first victim and her next. As a result of that, I do think the film didn't quite live up to its potential.

Final Opinion

As I said, there were things in this movie that I really liked. However, the fact it does take so long to get rolling does hurt it a bit and, because of that, I wouldn't describe it as anything more than average.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 12/17/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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